Gutsy Creatives Courses By Kelsye Nelson

How to Self-Publish Your First Book

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Online Class for Writers

How to Self-Publish Your First Book

Self-paced 4-week class.

Ready to make a leap of courage?

Share your book with the world!


Experience the joy and fulfillment of independently publishing your first book. If you would like to self-publish, but are overwhelmed with the process or simply don’t know where to start, this class is perfect for you! Even if you have no publishing experience and little technical ability, you’ll be able to publish a professional quality book and avoid the errors that plague so many un-supported indie authors.

Savor the satisfaction of finally accomplishing your goal.

It's time to get "publish a book" checked off your to-do list. Learn the latest indie publishing best practices.

  • Which platform works best for your publishing goals
  • How to publish your book on Kindle, Nook, Google Play, or as a paperback or hardcover 
  • How to prepare your manuscript and find an editor 
  • What tools to use for formatting your ebook and printed book interiors 
  • Where to find excellent graphics for your cover 
  • How to market your book launch and get your first reviewers 
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Publish a professional-quality book worthy of your pride.

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You want to release the best book possible - a book that can hold its own on crowded shelves. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to create a book indistinguishable from those published by the top five traditional publishing houses. Error-free content, elegant book formatting and gorgeous cover design inspire trust and capture the attention of your future readers. Discover what you can do on your own, plus where to find affordable resources to help with the rest.

Class Details

Not sure what it takes to publish independently?

Follow a clear roadmap.


Gain a solid understanding of self-publishing in just four weeks. Move confidently through the process and publish a professional-quality book.

Week One: Prepare your manuscript (Editing)

Learn the exact steps you need to take to prepare your manuscript draft for the design process. Discover how much editing you can do on your own, how to find and work with professional editors and which kind of editing you actually need. Find the solution that works best for your goals AND your budget.

Week Two: Pick your platform

There are as many paths to publications as there are authors. How do you know which path is right for you? Explore the new evolutions in traditional, indie and hybrid publishing. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of various approaches and how you may utilize one or many methods of publishing to achieve your publishing goals.

Choose the best place to publish your book. Review platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace, BookBub, Smashwords, Lulu, Blurb, GooglePlay and B&N’s Nook.

If you have questions about ISBNs, ebook versus print, imprint and more, you’ll find your answers here.

Week Three: Build your book (Interior and cover design)

Test the tools available to build your book. You’ll be introduced to software and services created for a wide range of design abilities, including Scrivener, Vellum, InDesign and even Word.

You likely know that your book cover can make or break first impressions. Learn how to find high-quality graphics for your cover design, plus resources for finding brilliant designers for every budget level. Discover which common mistakes you can easily avoid to help your book stand out on the shelf.

Week Four: Book launch strategies

How do you give your book the best possible chance for success? In this class, we’ll go step-by-step through the tasks you need to do to launch your book and reach the greatest number of readers. We’ll discuss how reader reviews help your book achieve visibility and how to get them. To help you on your way, you’ll also receive an overview of marketing best practices and a wealth of resources to support your promotions.

Week Five: Book Marketing !!! LIMITED TIME BONUS !!! 

Book marketing beyond the launch! These extra lessons reveal strategies for book promotions, building your author platform and PR and outreach. Only available to students who enroll this week.

Start now. Take the course at your own pace. 

A note from your instructor...

As a publisher and educator, I love teaching writers how to build purpose-based lives around their art. I've guided hundreds of authors through the publishing and marketing process. Whether through teaching at the University of Washington, at workshops hosted by various organizations, or through my private courses -- I delight in watching authors develop an understanding of how they may competently and confidently achieve their creative career goals.

I look forward to seeing you in the class! - Kelsye Nelson

Quick Facts

  • Class starts Saturday, June 9th.
  • Weekly lessons are pre-recorded. You can watch any time!
  • First time taking on online course? All you need is an internet connection! No special tech equipment or knowledge required. 
  • You do not need to have a manuscript ready to publish. Access and review the lessons as you need them. 
  • Try the course risk-free with a 30-day money back satisfaction gaurantee. 
  • Run into questions while taking the course? You'll have direct email access to the instructor.